Red Ape Trail
An adventurous trek through virgin rainforest with opportunities to spot wild orangutans in their natural habitat, visit remote Iban communities and learn jungle survival skills
Kuching’s biggest and liveliest market begins around midday on Saturday, when rural folk, some from area longhouses, arrive with their fruits, veggies, fish and spices. The air is heady with the aromas of fresh coriander, ginger, herbs and jungle ferns, which are displayed among piles of bananas (10 kinds!), mangoes, custard apples and obscure jungle fruits. If you smell something overpoweringly sweet and sickly from November to February, chances are it’s a durian. Vendors are friendly and many are happy to tell you about their wares, which are often divided into quantities worth RM1 or RM2.
At research time, the market was situated on Jln Satok about 1km west of the Sarawak Museum – from the centre, walk south on Jln Tun Abang Haji Openg and turn east at Jln Satok (under the flyover). But there were plans – bitterly opposed by vendors – to move (some would say exile) it across the river to a complex about 2km further west.